I’m in the midst of planning my summer trip to Asia, and I’ve of course already started to pack in my head. I’ll need a couple pairs of Teeki pants for yoga in Bali, of course. A few bikinis for the beach. Comfortable shoes for hiking up volcanoes. Oh, and some sort of presentable clothing for dinners that I can stuff in my duffel as we fly from Bali to Java to Malaysia to Singapore.
I’m definitely packing my new Versalette dress*. It’s freaking amazing. First of all, it’s made out of deadstock jersey fabric in the U.S., so it won’t wrinkle and it’s sustainable. But better, is that I’ll be able to get at least 15 different solid outfits out of it, from scarves to dresses, skirts, and tops.
Kristin, the maker of the Versalette, was visiting NYC from Denver a couple weeks ago, and she invited me to do a little photoshoot, and put my personal style stamp on the not-quite-launched dress. Once I saw how great her photography is, I was totally down! I like that she uses real women–her friends–to model all the Seamly items, so that you can see what it looks like on a normal person with normal proportions. (By the way, if you’re interested in the Versalette, sign up for the newsletter to know when it is available to order 24 hours before everyone else!)
I watched this video for inspiration:
And then I packed just a few basics and accessories to pair with the dress/top/skirt/everything thingy. Here are the results:
Some of the accessories and other items you see in the shoot include an old belt taken off of a Banana Republic dress that fell apart after a season in college, Miista shoes, a vegetable-tanned leather top by H&M Conscious Collection, a fair trade necklace I got as a gift for Christmas (as I told Kristin, it’s rare when it works, but sometimes it’s the exact right piece), a Valentine Gauthier scarf, a Reformation top, and vintage Levi cutoffs.
And after the shoot, Kristin and I reparied to Sweet Chick in Williamsburg (locally-source fried chicken and waffles!) for lunch, and realized how many people we know between us, even though we live on opposite sides of the country. The sustainable scene is a small one!
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*I received a free Versalette dress as a thank you for doing this photo shoot.